Thursday a.m. Rangers stuff

Still not much Rangers news.

T.R. Sullivan writes that the Rangers are exploring many different options this offseason.

Drew Davison has a piece in the S-T about Mike Maddux interviewing with the Chicago Cubs about their vacant managerial job, along with an update on Josh Hamilton getting checked out over his groin/hernia issue.

Ryan Jones' series of 10 key questions this offseason continues with him asking "Who should be the center fielder in 2012?" and "Should the Rangers try to make Neftali Feliz a starter?"

Richard Durrett kicks off his Dazzling Dozen series by looking at #12 on his list of the most memorable moments of the 2011 Ranger season.

Buster Olney thinks the Rangers won't pursue Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols because 11 years ago, they signed Alex Rodriguez, and supposedly this:

 

He absorbed so much of their available money that Texas couldn't buy other things it needed to win, like pitching.

 

Except the Rangers were spending $80-85 million per year on everyone on the team other than ARod at that time, which was plenty to buy other things the team needed to win.  They just were spending it on guys like Chan Ho Park, Rusty Greer, and Juan Gonzalez, who were terrible.  If the Rangers didn't have ARod back then, and instead spent that $25 million per year on other players, the Rangers probably would have been worse, not better.

Which doesn't mean that the Rangers necessarily should pursue Pujols or Fielder.  But saying that the Rangers were terrible when they had ARod, and thus they shouldn't pursue Fielder or Pujols, is silly.

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